Amid stalemate with India, China conducts genetic study of altitude adaptation among Tibetans


China has reportedly opened the world’s largest “plateau human genetic resources biological sample bank” on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau for medical researchers to study “plateau diseases” and improve the country’s health support capabilities in the region. the region.

According to a report by the Global Times, a state-owned company, teams of experts from Xinqiao Hospital in southwest China carried out a large-scale field study of the plateau’s population of over 1,000,000. people in 15 years. An additional supply of 20,000 samples was provided by a medical research base with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in the Tibet Autonomous Region, the report added. This means that the large-scale study was conducted on approximately 120,000 Tibetans over 15 years.

“Plateau diseases have a high incidence and could be fatal, but the current technical means to treat them are limited. Such sufficient biological support will contribute to the study of altitude sickness on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, ”said Jin Jun, professor at Xinqiao Hospital.


India and China have been grappling with a multi-point military standoff in eastern Ladakh since May of last year. While the Indian military has specialized in high-altitude warfare, news reports earlier this year suggested that PLA soldiers face multiple challenges in the high-altitude terrain of Ladakh.

Referring to reports that China has set up a genetic resource sample bank, Col. Jaibans Singh (retired) told Sputnik News: “A long presence at such a high altitude is not something. something that Chinese troops can maintain, hence the need to rely on their physical capacity. All of these biological experiments are directed towards this desired end state. “

Another Sputnik News article said in a report posted on a Chinese military website, that the PLA has divided military training for new recruits into three stages – “adapt to the plateau”, “adapt to the plateau “and” apply to the board “”.

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